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Pregnancy after radiation does not increase risk for cancer relapse

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Women who become pregnant after undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer do not have an increased risk for relapse.

Some doctors were concerned the rush of hormones during pregnancy might trigger a recurrence of the disease, but a new study of 200 women who developed breast cancer at a young age found they actually had a lower risk for relapse than women who never had children.

Researchers say there are some flaws with the study, but they feel comfortable telling young women who had radiation that they should not fear getting pregnant.

Online Anchor: Sunny Layne

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